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Author Goyens, Tom, 1972-

Title Beer and revolution : the German anarchist movement in New York City, 1880-1914 / Tom Goyens.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  320.5 GOYE    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 263 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-253) and index.
Contents 1. A Radical Geography: The "Social Space for a Dissident Subculture" -- 2. From Heimat to Exile -- 3. Johann Most and the Pittsburgh Congress -- 4. Beyond Most: Dissent within the Movement -- 5. Facing America: German Anarchists' Political Culture in New York -- 6. German Anarchists in Progressive New York.
Summary "Beer and Revolution examines the rollicking life and times of German immigrant anarchists in New York City from 1880 to 1914. Offering a new approach to an often misunderstood political movement, Tom Goyens reveals a dedication less to bombs than to beer halls and saloons where political meetings, public lectures, discussion circles, fundraising events, and theater gatherings were held. By putting a human face on anarchism, Goyens helps readers understand an infamous political movement's grounding in festivity and defiance." "Goyens brings to life the fascinating relationship between social space and politics by examining how the intersection of political ideals, entertainment, and social activism embodied anarchism not as an abstract idea, but as a chosen lifestyle for thousands of women and men. He shows how anarchist social gatherings combined German working class conviviality and a dedication to the principle that coercive authority was not only unnecessary, but actually damaging to full and free human development as well. Goyens also explores the broader circumstances in both the United States and Germany that served as catalysts for the emergence of anarchism in urban America and how anarchist activism was hampered by police surveillance, ethnic insularity, and a widening gulf between the anarchists' message and the majority of American workers."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Most, Johann Joseph, 1846-1906.
Anarchism -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century.
Anarchism -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Germans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Political activity -- History.
German Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Political activity -- History.
Subculture -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
ISBN 9780252031755 (cloth : alk. paper)
025203175X (cloth : alk. paper)